THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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Sometimes you just have to step outside and look and wonderment will be provided. I didn’t sleep all that well today. We were watching our granddaughter and had to go pick up a repaired car which was a steep bill. So I was feeling a little stressed with a full night of work ahead of me. I stepped out back like I do most nights before sunset. Some birds were flying around but then I noticed a Red-Headed Woodpecker hammering away on a dying tree out back. I got the camera and tried to grab a few frames and I couldn’t figure out why the bird kept moving around so much. I had it on max telephoto and kept having to refocus and move around the tree.

Photo by Mike Hartley

That is when I noticed it was a pair of them and they were playing. I watched them fly in circles around my and a neighbor’s yards. Darting in and out of the woods and then to clearings where they would really move and dive. Then a quick stop on a branch and in a blink of an eye they were off again but they were playing in radius centered in my back yard. They reminded me of two WW2 pilots zigging and zagging, with rapid ascents and dives.

Just the two of us. Photo by Mike Hartley.

It gave me joy and peace just to enjoy a few minutes of nature having fun and reminded me how simple life is at times. Like making my granddaughter laugh today. I feel like I have the world in my hand.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Smiles cure a lot of ills.
  • Grandchildren. A seniors workout system.
  • Last night of the workweek. HELL YEAH.
  • OK, enough of the cold nights. I want summer back.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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